Artist Alessandro Belgiojoso Puzzle
b. 1963 Milan, Italy Currently works and live in Milan.
Title: Rendetore #16
Jigsaw Puzzle Size: 24" x 18" (609.6mm x 457.2mm) 500 Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, Eska Premium Board
Collector Edition of 20 + 2 AP
Signature Details: Original Artwork: Redentore #16 - 2010 - C-Print 130 x 183 cm - Edition of 6
The themes that are most appreciable are Alessandro Belgiojoso’s flush mounted Lambda prints, Redentore series 2009-2011. The subject is the ‘Festa del Redentore’ which is customarily held in Venice on the third Saturday and Sunday in July. Originally a feast day commemorating the ending of the plague of 1576, it is also an affirmation of faith and a celebration of life. The Doge of the time, Alvise I Mocenigo, publicly pledged to commission the construction of a new church on the Giudecca in recognition of the Republic’s salvation. The commission was duly placed with Andrea Palladio and the Venetian architect and engineer, Antonio da Ponte, who jointly designed the churchof II Redentore which was consecrated in 1592. In order to allow the then Doge, Sebastian Venier, to worship at the new church, a bridge pontoon of barges was run from the Zattere, so establishing II Redentore as a place of annual pilgrimage and thanksgiving.
On the eve of the festival, it is customary for Venetians to garland and decorate their boats and apartment terraces and to congregate at St Mark’s basin. Belgiojoso’s prints evoke the atmospheric and romantic backdrop of the evening celebrations with the explosive light of the fireworks reflected in the city’s lagoon. The inclusion of what might be read as a diptych of prints might be read as a coded reference not just to the religious origin of the subject but to the duality of the notional couple of ‘fantasy collectors’. This doubling of agency is also picked out, as the curators note, with the crimson and blue theme which is the deliberate coloring used in the two works. Inclusion in the Venice Biennale (cancelled this year due to Covid19) and its associated festivities bring an added resonance to these prints.
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Biography: Alessandro Belgiojoso was born in 1963, in Milan. He lives and works in Italy and abroad. In 2005 he held the exhibition Mental Landscapes at the Studio Visconti Gallery, in Milan.
Since 2006 his work has focused on the concept of boundary and the urge to overstep its limits, exploring socio-cultural comparisons and the ongoing dialogue between different cultures and geo-political meanings. In 2007 at Forma Foto, Milan, he exhibited a body of work taken in North and South Korea, and presented his book ‘Korea, An Impossible Journey’? Thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this project managed to cross the otherwise impenetrable border between the two Koreas, and involved exhibitions and presentations of the book in Pyongyang (North Korea), Seoul, Incheon and Daegu (South Korea) in the North Korean Embassy in Rome in 2008 and today in the South Koran Consulate in Milan. The project was key to the Korean Pavillion, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. This long term project is still in progress.